June 24, 2016

Shabbat Shalom
Back to Routine 
Cleveland, Brexit, Refugees, Guns, Sit-In, Death and Birth were spotlighted in the news this week. As I return to my computer after a two week hiatus, I find it challenging to capture all the news "fit to print" for this week's email. Jubilation will commence my return as so many are overjoyed by Cleveland's broken losing streak. Congrats to all who deserve kudos on the Cavaliers winning this year's NBA championship including James, Irving, Love and of course our own Detroiter and Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert and his local "teammates". 
Radio commentary described the win as a "Dayenu" moment.

Do Nothing
Onto the big question of the week. Why$, Why$, Why$ would any Senator vote down the recent Gun Control bills that would have expanded background checks and halted buying privileges to those on the terror watch list. Ironically, this defeated vote came nearly to the day of the 1st anniversary of the Charleston Church massacre.  If our legislators wouldn't budge after Sandy Hook (when small children were gunned down), then the only way to tackle this NRA controlled concrete wall is to dislodge the stedfast legislators who are blinded to the bloody byproduct of the powerful profitable gun manufactures.  We need to Remember in November and vote them out.  As a Pew Survey indicated " 85 percent of Americans favored background checks on all private gun sales and  gun show sales". That same 85% now need to vote out those Senators (and Congressmen/women) who ignored their constituency in favor of their NRA stuffed bank accounts. Bravo to Civil Rights leader and current Congressman John Lewis for staging a Sit-In on the Congress floor to protest the lack of action taken by his fellow legislators. The "Sitters" are demanding a Gun Measure vote. Dozens of Dems (including our our Reps, Sandy Levin, Brenda Lawrence and Debbie Dingell) are committed to maintaining the Sit-In till action is taken.  Their protest took a hiatus till after the holiday but they vow to come back with avengence.   Unfortunately, Republicans control the House so sadly this action might be futile, unless Public Opinion rallies behind these protesting Dems. Thank you to Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow for your righteous vote.  Wishing many of your NRA controlled  colleagues a new career after November.  

We Must Do More
Humans are a wondering species whether by choice or by force.  This week commemorates, World Refugee Day, with a record 65.3 Million refugees in 2015. Sadly, half of them are children and many of these kids were separated from their parents and are travelling alone. The vast majority of these wandering souls are living in low or middle income countries where, even with some assistance, the financial burden is a huge hardship.  High income countries need to join forces to help alleviate this worldwide displacement.  Walling off our borders out of fear and selfishness is not the moral answer to this global catastrophe. One of my favorite artist created this beautiful but sad musical tribute to the refugee children.

Brexit vs Eunity
Should they stay or should they go? For months Brits have debated whether to continue their EU membership or secede and isolate. Sadly, a young Member of Parliament, Jo Cox, lost her life to a fanatical crazed supporter of Brexit (British Exit) who ended the life of a wife, young mother and promising politician.  Many fear an exist would upset the global economic "apple cart".  Time will tell the outcome though I predict (hope) the Brits will choose to stay in the EU. Voting took place Thursday with the final results expected Friday morning...too late to include in this week's message. Stay tuned till next week.

Smarter Fix
Condolences to all the victims and families of the Orlando mass shooting (the worst in our nation). Easy access to military weaponry and Fanaticism is a toxic combination. Both vices need to be addressed. But, how do we combat Islamic Terrorism?  Knee jerk reactions, like those offered by Trump are clueless and dangerous.  Banning and profiling Muslims is an idiotic and racist reaction.  The only way to help end this toxic fanatical hatred is to join forces with moderate Muslims to fight this malignancy from within.  As outsiders, we can only do so much and our efforts have proven fruitless, but only Muslims themselves can change the dynamic of hate, lies and incitement brewing in their mosques and online.  We need to partner with those Muslims who are also disgusted with the hijacking of their religion.  

Harmony with a purpose
What the world needs now is love sweet love... (Burt Bacharach is my all time favorite composer). This message is beautifully harmonized by uber-talented Broadway stars (Lin, Matthew, Jesse, Joel, Carole, Bernadette...) as a tribute to the Orlando victims while the proceeds benefit their community. Enjoy this very meaningful and beautiful symbol of Peace and Love:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACIqQpYhkBw  and because I love this song some much, here's another rendition as many of the broadway superstars came to the Maya and Marty show to perform the song with touching global solidarity images in the background. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4ooQcRbMFg   May these souls rest in peace and may their lives be a blessing unto their families and their Orlando home.
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

NOW at 50
50 years ago "Help Wanted Male" and "Help Wanted Female" were the norm to see in want ads.  Unless the job required a specific reproductive organ, this type of discrimination was offensive and sparked the start of the National Organization for Women (better knows as NOW).  50 years later, their mission of gender equality is still not complete. Though NOW would be pleased by the 28 companies who have recently signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge, including  Amazon, American Airlines, Dow Chemical, Gap Inc., Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, and Staples.  Happy 50th to NOW and bravo to Obama for his constant women's rights efforts as our Nation continue this equal rights fight. 

Thumbs Up!

...to  Itzhak Perlman for receiving this year's Israeli Genesis Prize (and for his opinions on Trump) and to Helen Mirren for presenting the prize in Israel to the Virtuoso Violinist and rejecting requests to stay away from the Jewish State.  Mirren has a strong connection to Israel as she volunteered there in the 60s.   http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/343363/itzhak-perlman-slams-donald-trump-on-eve-of-1m-genesis-prize/

...to large-scale Artist Christo's new The Floating Piers installation on Lake Iseo in Italy. 

...to Israel and the UN for approving the first Committee Chair for Israel.   http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/assembly-elects-israel-committee-chair-time-39830481

...to the new Clinton Grandson, baby Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky, born June 18th.

...though Freddie Mercury never made it to Israel, his band Queen with Adam Lambert will perform there on Sept. 12th at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

...to PBS' This Old House for their first restoration of a classic Detroit home on its 37th Season. 

...to the new WWII Kissing Statue in Royal Oak to promote the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial.  This 25 foot statue of a Navy Man kissing a Nurse is truly a sight to see and hopefully will raise funds and awareness for the Royal Oak Memorial.

...to Curb Your Enthusiasm's new 9th season and in Larry David fashion, he won't tell when it will be released.

...to the daring and dangerous rescue of sick scientists at South Pole, flying in pitch darkness and below 72 degrees fahrenheit. 

...to James Taylor, Martha Argerich (Argentine Pianist), Eagles, Al Pacino and Mavis Staples for being selected as this year's recipients of the 39th Kennedy Center Honors .

...to Led Zeppelin on winning their "Stairway to Heaven" plagiary lawsuit.

Thumbs Down !

...for the Venezuelan dire economic crisis causing food shortages with looting and riot risk. The country is in full humanitarian crisis.

...to Boeing being the first large US company to sell to Iran as Iran is still the largest funder of global terrorism.

...to Marco Rubio on returning to the Senate Race in Florida.

...to the Supreme Court tie vote leaving in place the blockage of Obama's immigration plan to assist millions from being deported.

Savoring Summer
To end this message on a leisurely tone. Monday was the official first day of Summer and to kick off this season of "leisure", the NYT's requested readers submit photos from the first day of Summer and a brief description of why New Yorkers appreciate their vast diverse City and this sizzling Season.  If you scroll over the photos, it will flip over to show you the description. Hope you enjoy: 

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet Shabbat Shalom 
Each week's message is now posted and backlogged here:

Post Script

A gem in our community passed away this week as Marilyn Soble z"l died at age 83. Marilyn was active in many organizations and her presence will be miss.  She was the wife of local artist/sculptor Jerry Soble and the matriarch to a large beautiful family.  May her memory and love bring comfort to those mourning her death as she was truly a blessing unto our community.

Condolences to the Seigerman family on the passing of their patriarch, Harry Seigerman z"l at the age of 97.  May his spirit and love bring comfort to those who mourn his passing and may he be a blessing unto his family and community. 

Condolences to Janice and Marty Stoneman and their family on the passing of Janice's father, Meyer Green z"l who was also the husband for 72 years (wow) of Hilda Green. May his memory and spirit bring comfort to those mourning his death and may his life be a blessing unto his friends and family. 

Condolences to the family, friends and fans of talented young actor Anton Yelchin z"l on his  death at the age of 27. Sadly, he joins the 27 club of other young celebrities who've died at this age though his death was from a freak accident coupled with a recall related to his Jeep Cherokee. Other celebs who've died at this age are Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

Mazel Tov to David and Katie Kurzmann on the arrival of their daughter, Sari. Wishing firsttime grandparents, Lisa and Danny all the best.

Mazel Tov to Sue and Alan Kaufman on their new grandson,  Jonah Franklin.
 Happy Birthday!

June 24th
Sam Orley
Ryan Fishman
Robin Spencer Arm
Liz Fellows
Bridget Russo-Gottlieb
Lori Fidler
June 25th
Andy Moiseev
Jennifer Gilbert
Deborah Livneh

 June 26th
Dave Schwartz
Jennifer Golding Silverman
Rabbi Aaron Bergman
Ron Perry
Elaine Schonberger
Mary Stone Tessler
Karen Gordon Rosenberg
June 27th
Karen Blum Kelman
Orly Rubinfeld
Dolcy Rubinfeld
Nancy Federman Kaplan
Shirley Gilbert
June 28th
Deborah Tyner
Dan Ginis
Gale Nosanchuk
Andrea Laker
June 29th
Beth Wolpin Gans
 Steven Rosenthal
Gabriella Burman
June 30th
John Linden
Nancy Gad Harf
Julie Smith Yolles

Yes, I write every word of these messages...mistakes and all. 
 Please ignore the typing errors but if I missed your birthday or 
got the wrong date,  
please let me know.

The race is officially on with contenders:
(1st Lady, Senator, Sec. of State) 
Hillary Rodham Clinton 
(60% unfavorably rated)
Donald J. Trump
(Though DumpTrump forces are still hoping for a shake up at the convention)

24 days till the
Republican Convention
Cleveland, OH
July 18-21, 2016

31 days till the
Democratic Convention
 Philadelphia, PA 
July 25th-28th, 2016 

Michigan State Primary Election is
Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016
Sample Ballots
Our sample ballots are available to review online to help prepare you for voting. You can view the sample at 
The site will ask your county, city and precinct, then your ballot will appear.  Remember, you will need to chose either the Republican or the Democrat ballot.  But everyone living in the tri-county area (Wayne, Macomb and Oakland) will also vote on the Zoo millage renewal and I strongly request your YES vote on this important revenue source for our regional Zoo. In fact, if you want to learn more about the hidden gems of the Zoo, please save the date of Sept. 27th as we plan to host a Get to Know the Zoo event at our home.

Absentee Ballots
If you plan to vote absentee for either the August Primary or the November General Election, please check out this site which gives you all the details.  You can download your absentee application though you will need to give a reason of why you can't vote in person. Politically, they (Lansing) should remove the "Reason" requirement and just let anyone vote absentee.  http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,8611,7-127-1633_8716_8728-21037--,00.html

If you live in Bloomfield Township and plan to chose the Republican ballot, please vote for  Brian Kepes for Bloomfield Township Treasurer

Presidential General Election is 
November 8, 2016

June 27th (Monday)
Take Back The State House
Fundraiser to help elect quality legislators in Michigan
Our House (address provided upon RSVP)
5:30 - 7:00pm
Please join us discussion with
House Dem Leader: Tim Greimel
Jewish Caucus Dems:
Jeremy Moss, Andy Schor and Robert Wittenberg
Our State Rep: Christine Greig 
For more info please contact Cortney Goddard 
cegoddar2@gmail.com or 517-243-8914

I'm happy to post events important to you, however I'm unable to include a website as too many websites increase the chance that these emails will not reach your inboxes.  If you want more info about an event, please google the agency sponsoring it.